Synchronicity: a true story

By Jolanta Lapiak, circa 1997, 2009.

Definition: Coincidence of events that seem to be meaningfully related, conceived in Jungian theory as an explanatory principle on the same order as causality.
-- thefreedictionary.com

Below is the English translation for the video in ASL above.

Coincidence #1

In late October 1997 ("around 1998" in the video), my friends and I entered a bookstore at a local shopping mall. I recalled something, "I'm looking for a book I recently saw on the subject of 'synchronicity' that I wanted to read next."

Explained to my friend, I tried to recall the other term for it (which was then "synchronicity"), but I could not. "I remember the book cover but I forget the title. On the cover, there were birds flying out a window or something." Then, I jokingly declared, "I am going to use my intuition to find it and see if it works." I intuitively scanned across the books in the Psychology section.

"No luck," I sighed.

Again, I intuitively scanned across the books. The book, "Practical Intuition," caught my eyes. I pulled it out and judged it by its cover, "It's a New York Bestseller, hmm". To assess its writing style, I randomly opened the book at once. The chapter title boldly spoke right in front of my eyes, "There Are No Coincidences" on page 57. I stared at the page. Wow! My friend looked over my shoulder and laughed. "Not funny," I told her sarcastically.

A Chapter
Synchronicity Magazine
"There are No Coincidences" chapter in the Practice Intuition book

This was the clue!

Coincidence #2

A week later in another bookstore, I carefully scanned row by row across several rows of the books from the top to the bottom in a large Psychology section. As I scanned across the last row, chances gradually decreased. Unbelievably, I spotted the book there! The title on the spine showed "There Are No Accidents." I pulled it out and the cover showed the "birds flying out of window"!

Book
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"There are No Accidents" book

Coincidence #3

A week or two later, a few other signers and I were invited to tell any of our stories, which were also videotaped, to the ASL students in the ASL/English interpreter program at a college. Naturally, I told this "coincidence" story to the students who pleasantly learned a new word "synchronicity" -- a worthy term added to their arsenal of vocabulary.

At the end of this class, as I walked toward the exit of the building near the main entrance doors, I noticed something out of the corner of my eyes. I turned my head to see a stack of free Calgary-based spirituality magazines in the main entrance/exit facade. I was struck by the title of this magazine, called "Synchronicity".

Magazine
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Synchronicity Magazine

This illustrates one of the magazine issues that were available at that time, for example.

-- Jolanta Lapiak, circa 1998. ASL video 2009.

Quotes

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"Synchronicity reveals the meaningful connections between the subjective and objective world." -- Carl G. Jung (1875-1961)

"Causality as a statistical truth presupposes the existence of acausality, otherwise it cannot be a statistical truth. In other words, the exceptions to causality are real facts which I try to envisage from the standpoint of their meaningful coincidences or synchronicity. As a rule the improbability of a series of meaningful coincidences (i.e., of identical meaning) increases with the number of its individual occurrences." -- C.G. Jung

"The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it Intuition or what you will, the solution comes to you and you don't know how or why." -- Albert Einstein

"They demonstrate the unity of psyche and matter, forcing us to transcend our rational, scientific, materialistic attitudes." -- Mansfield, 1995. Synchronicity, Science, and Soul-making.

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